Speedsters remove plates to avoid cameras

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Bheki Cele, has vowed to deal harshly with "Gauteng speedsters who drive as if they own public roads whenever they are in the province".

Cele's comment comes days after 163 speedsters were caught driving fast cars recklessly with their registration plates removed during the Easter holidays.

Most of those arrested were from Gauteng and provinces other than KwaZulu-Natal.

Cele said he would not tolerate the "ignorance" of speedsters who visit the province and take off their registration plates to avoid being caught by speed cameras.

"Our road campaigns have borne positive results, but it seems we have a problem with outsiders who bend the rules as they please.

"But we will be dealing with them," Cele warned.

He said young people from outside the province head for KwaZulu-Natal to try out their fast, flashy cars.

"Our roads are not congested. We have wide roads so they think they can just break the law.

"But our job is simple: To arrest them and impound their vehicles," he said.

"This [the speeding] happens on the N2 between Scottburgh and Sazela, and on the N3 they speed near Hilton before reaching Pietermaritzburg.

"We will leave no stone unturned. We will ensure that our drivers stick to the rules," Cele said.

Nonkululeko Mbatha, spokesman for the Department of Transport, said law enforcement had been intensified to deal with the kind of attitude displayed by drivers over Easter.

"We do not know what their motives are. They do it anyway because they don't care," Mbatha said.

"Most cash heist criminals use vehicles without registration," Mbatha added.